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Unsafe At Any Speed the Designed Dangers [Paperback]

Ralph Nader
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  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: POCKET BOOKS @ (1965)
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,270,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most influential books of the 60s 19 Aug 2013
Ralph Nader's "Unsafe at any Speed" is, whether you like it or not a book that had a huge influence on industrial policy, the automotive industry as well as the whole consumer advocacy field. It is probably one of the most frequently maligned books by automotive journalists; on the other hand any enthusiast, whether they agree with the final messages or not, should in my opinion read it in the original, not only follow the vitriol of other people (most of whom have never read it) directed its way.

It came as a surprise to me that it was written in a fairly neutral tone, and that Nader does not shy away from technical details and descriptions, to which he does adequate justice. It is also an excellent example of high quality research - something few journalists seem bothered with to the same extent today. It includes plenty of industry insider interviews, both on the supporting and opposing sides of the argument, and a very strong belief that things could be improved, with examples from other industries (aeronautical for instance), where they already were at the time the book was written.

Many have also described it as the anti Corvair book. While it does devote the first chapter more or less specifically to the Corvair case, it also damns several other cars, imports as well as domestic Detroit iron. It is basically a strong statement that the automotive industry can and should be forced to do better, if not via consumer pressure, then through regulation. And perhaps amusingly, the book would nevr have achieved its effect and renown, were it not for GM's heavy handed approach to dealing with him (private detectives, honey traps, etc.).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sufficient at any speed 1 Jan 2011
The order was well executed and the book, although used was in a reasonable state. I bought it as a gift to my son, who has a blog "[...]" on the subject of ancient cars.
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